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In a rural backwater in Wisconsin lies the rambling estate of Taliesin. Here, tempestuous affairs rage behind closed doors, broken hearts are ... Show synopsis

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marypat

Frank's Women

by marypat on Aug 20, 2009

This book is an interesting account of the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and the women he loved. Having read "Loving Frank", I knew about his relationship with his wife and Mamah, the woman who gave up her husband and children to be with him.. This book takes you beyond them to the women who became his second and third wives. Boyle writes well, but be prepared to use a dictionary when you read...or try to figure out the meanings in context! Wright was a brilliant, eccentric, egotistical man. I enjoyed reading more about him and the women who chose to live with him.

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RatherBeReading

Disappointed

by RatherBeReading on Jul 19, 2009

I was disappointed with this book after having read "Loving Frank" recently. I just couldn't become absorbed like I was with the story of Frank and his mistress, Mama.

Michael1944

Frank Lloyd Wright and his Women

by Michael1944 on Apr 2, 2009

Mr. Boyle presents a fascinating portrait of the great American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, that is by turns thrilling, appalling, inspirational and humorous. Throughout his life, Wright pursued, and was pursued by, glamorous and attractive women. Boyle tells the story of Wright as seen through the eyes of his women, as told by a Japanese apprentice architect who idolizes Wright, but is keenly aware of Wright's shortcomings, especially his financial immaturity (to put a kind gloss on it.) In an interesting twist, Boyle begins at the end, with Oglivianna, the last of his wives, and works backwards. We thus see a succession of relationships develop and dissolve, as Wright falls in love with newer, younger woman. One inwardly shudders as Wright deals with women who literally go over the top (Miriam!) in their efforts to salvage their relationships when Wright spies a new conquest. This story is told against the background of Wright's inspiring architecture, especially his design and construction of successive versions of Taliesen in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and the puritanical and hypocritical American society of time, who saw Wright as a God-less menance to stable marriages. This is the first time I've read a book by T.C. Boyle and I must say I am enormously impressed. He writes an enthralling story, filled with period detail that at times make it seem more an historically accurate biography than a novel. But what a novel it is! One is absolutely absorbed in Wright's story and the women who loved him. Highly recommended.

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